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EU sues Poland to stop logging in World Heritage site

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Staff Writer | July 14, 2017
The European Commission called on Poland to immediately suspend logging in the Bialowieza Forest, which is one of the last areas of primeval forest in Europe.
Bialowieza Forest
Nature   One of last primeval forests
The commission, a managing institution of the European Union, has referred Poland to the European Court of Justice in the case and has asked the court to impose measures requiring the Polish government to stop logging until a final judgement is made.

"The Court of Justice can prescribe interim measures to require a Member State to hold back from activities causing serious and irreparable damage before a judgement is given," the commission said in a statement.

"The Commission considers that the increased logging in the Białowieża Forest requires the adoption of interim measures, which are granted by the Court only in exceptionally urgent and serious cases."

The Bialowieza Forest, located on Poland's eastern border with Belarus, is a World Heritage site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


 

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